Emily is an inaugural Harris Fellow and is working in the office of Commissioner Rodney Ellis. “The promise of equality is not going to be fulfilled until we become real; it becomes real in our schools and on our Main Streets and in our neighborhoods,” stated president Biden during his announcement that Juneteenth will become a federal holiday. How do we make it real? What actions can we take that show our actual progression as a nation? The answer is racial equity. It starts with looking at our communities and implementing new policies to make our neighborhoods more inclusive and empowered. The goal is to build upon the tireless work that generations of abolitionists, activists, and even everyday Americans have worked towards in advocating for racial equity. The first step is the meaningful enactment of policies and laws to make our country equal for all.